Havana, Cuba, December 6, 2014
The world premiere of the Hemingway Suite was attended by over 700 people, including about 30 Key Westers and members of the Cuban Ministry of Culture.It was performed at the newly-renovated opera house Teatro Marti in downtown Havana, Cuba. Zenaida Romeu conducted her 50-member orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Habana Vieja, with Lianne Vega at the piano.
The Key West-Cuba cultural exchange was a big success. The Key West delegation was made up of leaders from the Key West Art and Historical Society, the Studios of Key West, the Tropic Cinema and the Hemingway House, and they met with their counterparts in Cuba during the week of the concert.
Bill Lorraine was born in Miami and raised in North Carolina. He has been a resident of Key West, Florida since 1976.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland.
He has performed as a pianist in Key West, Paris, Munich and throughout Europe each summer for 10 years as solo piano player for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Bill Lorraine’s compositions have been performed by the Keys Chorale, the Key West Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Habana Vieja.
He has produced 3 CD’s of original music for piano, pop band and choir.